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Princess Haya in the Gr2 Canadian Stakes
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It’s not only because we have a daughter of his in our Ready To Run draft, it’s out of a genuine affection and irresistible admiration that we keep harping on about the virtues of the American sire sensation, Street Cry. We say new, in the context that he’s still a relatively young horse, yet Street Cry is already so highly established in the pantheon of America’s best stallions, he leaves the impression of being around a little longer.
Writing in the Thoroughbred Daily News following the victory of Princess Haya in the Canadian Stakes (Gr.2) last weekend, pedigree guru, Andrew Caulfield noted that “It must be reassuring to mere mortals that even the superpowers of Thoroughbred breeding have to work hard to maintain interest in a young stallion in today’s fast-moving industry.
Take Street Cry as an example. Darley was particularly eager to encourage high-class support for this 2002 Dubai World Cup winner, and a powerful marketing campaign helped earn the son of Machiavellian a 2003 book of 131 mares. Twenty-two of the mares that conceived to him in his first season were reportedly either Grade I winners or producers.
Street Cry proved nearly as popular in his second season in 2004, with another strong team of Grade I winners/producers among his 129 mares, but the almost inevitable slackening of demand was just around the corner. The Jockey Club credits him with 113 mares in 2005, followed by 92 in 2006, so it would be only fair to predict that Street Cry’s second, third and fourth crops would each achieve a little less than its predecessor.
Of course, Street Cry’s second crop was almost doomed to pale alongside his sensational first crop, which featured Grade I winners of the magnitude of Street Sense and Zenyatta. Altogether this crop of 85 named foals has produced nine graded/group winners, including four Grade I scorers, and this is heading for 11 percent.
While Street Cry’s second crop may never match his vintage 2004 collection, the 2005 crop is still doing very well for a stallion whose fee was no higher than $30,000.
When Princess Haya took full advantage of the 11 pounds she was receiving from Forever Together in the GII Canadian Stakes last weekend, she became the fourth North American graded stakes winner from this second crop, which also includes Tomcito, winner of the G1 Derby Nacional in Peru before finishing third in Big Brown’s Florida Derby.
With only around 70 named foals in his third crop, Street Cry had less ammunition at his disposal, but that hasn’t stopped him making his mark with Street Hero and Desert Party. Unfortunately, neither of these high-class 2008 juveniles has been around in recent months. Street Hero went into premature retirement after defeating Midshipman in the GI Norfolk Stakes and then finishing third to him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, while Desert Party hasn’t raced since the Kentucky Derby. However, Desert Party had confirmed his talent with three fine efforts in Dubai against the recent Super Derby winner Regal Ransom, including a victory over him in the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas.”